by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Summer has ended and even entertainers need to get back to work. This reporter’s favorite LGBTQ heartthrob Craig Ramsay hit the ground running right after Labor Day with a star turn on “He’s Fit!”
Celebrity trainer Craig turned THT on to a much bigger men-only competition in the form of Logo’s “Finding Prince Charming,” the first gay dating reality show. A new segment aired on Thursday, September 9th, 2016 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. PST.
“FPC” is hosted by Lance Bass, former member of the breakout boy band NSYNC. Bass has made himself a household name across the globe through expansion into multiple entertainment mediums. Currently he lives in LA with husband Michael Turchin.
The awesome Prince Charming who faces off against 13 apprehensive suitors is Robert Sepulveda, a 33-year-old native of Puerto Rico. Robert runs an interior design firm in Atlanta, GA and also founded Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks, an LGBTQ civil arts project that spreads awareness of diversity and equality through public art and community outreach.
As if all this weren’t enough, Robert truly is a tall, dark, and handsome “real life James Bond” with blazing white teeth, piercing dark eyes, and a taut torso that can induce sweat even in a swimming pool.
“Walking Photoshop” as one of the suitors puts it oh so well. Why be a 9 when you COULD be a 10 like Robert?
This same sex dating contest is set in a spectacular mansion complete with its own spray tan machine. Robert interacts briefly with each of the suitors to test the waters in and out of the pool!
Like most of us, Robert hopes to find a soul mate who is honest, genuine, and authentic. Great sex goes without saying! All 13 guys try to grab his attention with cool clothing and clever comments during the initial “hashtag names” sequence.
How does Robert feel about being the object of desire for 13 men at once? “It makes me feel loved, it makes me feel special, it makes me feel wanted!” he says.
The hardest part for one so “empathetic” is the elimination of three suitors: Charlie, Nick, and Brodney. This means that Brandon, Chad, Danique, Dillon, Eric, Jasen, Justin, Paul, Robby, and Sam get to wear Robert’s ties and keep trying to win his heart. Craig and this reporter are both rooting for Robby and Chad!
Although these young gay men hail from all parts of the USA, many of their stories seem very similar. Family rejection, social ostracism, and suicide attempts are mentioned in many of their interviews.
But that was then, and this is now. Prince Charming awaits at the end of the Logo contest for anyone willing to “go big or go home.” Tune in next week to see who can make the love connection of a lifetime!